Kaparo trades adultery accusations with wife in bitter divorce

Former National Assembly Speaker Francis Kaparo is embroiled in a bitter divorce with his wife, Mary, after 40 years of marriage over adultery claims.

According to the Daily Nation, Mary who has filed for divorce, has accused Kaparo of cohabiting with another woman in a home in Kiambu. 

In divorce papers filed in a Kiambu court, Mary cited desertion, cruelty, and adultery as grounds for divorce. 

“I have been severely affected by the respondent’s inhumane treatment, dishonesty and immoral character and eventual desertion of the matrimonial home,” she said.

She said she tried to salvage the marriage until Kaparo recently moved out of the house and started seeing the woman and both have allegedly settled. 

“On several occasions the respondent disappeared from the matrimonial home for a long period of time without explanation at all, and he eventually went away,” she said.

Mary told Kiambu chief magistrate Emily Ominde that one of her reasons for moving to court was to protect her rights to the vast matrimonial property they jointly acquired.

“I have never consented to the respondent marrying another woman.. and would never agree to share a husband,” she said, adding that issues of their marriage begun in 2017.

But Kaparo denied the allegations of cruelty saying his wife has been adulterous and cruel.

“The respondent (Kaparo) denies the allegations of cruelty and adultery. It is the petitioner who has been guilty of adultery and desertion,” Kaparo said.

“The petitioner has constantly caused physical, emotional and physiological torture on the respondent in an unprecedented measure of cruelty,” he said.

He explains to the court how he became bedridden for five months and his wife never paid him a visit.

Kaparo who is also the former National Cohesion and Integration Commission chairman claimed his wife is a “constant drunkard and often gets wild when drunk”.

“I have always tried to avoid violent confrontation even to the extent of living the house in the middle of the night,” he said.

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